Social media has its positives and negatives. This week, we have two positives.
Two videos went viral which ultimately led to the arrest of two suspects in two separate events. One is not biker related, but it was a wannabe thug who knocked out a defenseless woman with punch to the side of her head. The other video that went viral is of a biker passing up a car and the car intentionally swerves into the biker, knocking him and his passenger off the bike.
Now, what I am not understanding is why someone would actually support the driver or blame the biker? Their weak argument is based on the fact that the biker crossed a double yellow line and rode over the speed limit in order to pass the automobile. Since when is a civil traffic infraction punishable by serious injuries or possibly death?
If the biker was involved in an accident by mistake, then everyone would agree that is the consequences of speeding, but the driver swerved on purpose to hit the motorcycle and even admits it several times in the video. Since when is vigilante justice acceptable? Charles Bronson would be proud.
Look at this from another angle. What if a police officer reacted the same way? I think it is safe to say that everyone would want that officer’s head on a platter, especially considering the ridiculous anti-police sentiment and bashing that pervades our country today. But as always, people are inconsistent in their thoughts and actions when it suits them. The same individuals that are anti-police, are the same ones calling for law enforcement when something goes wrong.
I cannot imagine anyone arguing a police officer is justified in his/her actions if they run a motorcyclist off the road for crossing a double yellow line. The reason why is simple; the punishment does not fit the crime. Also, take into consideration that the biker’s action is not even a crime nor is the officer’s life in danger that would justify deadly force. But, therein lies the inconsistency.
A police officer has legal authority to uphold the law. A police officer does not have the right to play judge, jury, and executioner. The driver of this vehicle has zero legal authority, yet, he has support? But if a police officer shoots a criminal, the country goes nuts and take to the streets to protest.
What if that was done to you or your son/daughter? Would you state “I deserve that or my kids deserve that!” I seriously doubt that. If not, your position is inconsistent to suit your needs. When politicians flip-flop, we go crazy.
Fact is, to support the driver and blame the biker, then understand your own position dictates that if you violate a traffic law, someone should be allowed to slam their car into yours and push you off the road with the possible consequences being serious injuries and maybe even death. This, without even considering the fact that other innocent drivers could have hit the motorcyclist head on from the lane travelling in the opposite direction or even hit someone standing on the side of the road.
In the meantime, the biker and the passenger now have to deal with social media fame, injuries, medical bills (possible bankruptcy if they cannot afford their medical bills) and the psychological trauma of what happened. No amount of jail time could ever take back what those motorcyclists had to and will have to deal with.
I wish you a speedy recovery.